First Flower Grown In Space Is Edible

The first flower grown in space was revealed by the astronauts of the ISS.


(ISS Flower)

Revealed today by U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently completing the first full year in space, the flower is an edible zinnia - which can be used in salads...

The flowers were grown inside the Veggie lab aboard ISS which was installed in early May 2014. While the ISS crew had previously raised two crops of romaine lettuce and arugula, the zinnias were the first flowering plants grown in space. Explaining the significance of successfully growing a plant, Veggie project manager Trent Smith said: 'The zinnia plant is very different from lettuce.

'It is more sensitive to environmental parameters and light characteristics. It has a longer growth duration between 60 and 80 days. 'Thus, it is a more difficult plant to grow, and allowing it to flower, along with the longer growth duration, makes it a good precursor to a tomato plant.'

Fans of Star Trek may recall that flower growth was a snap on the artificial gravity-equipped Enterprise. Yeoman Rand likes flowers. A lot.


(Star Trek flowers)

Via Daily Mail.

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